What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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Several weeks ago we tweeted that we were starting a project that involved "...a ridiculous waste of money, resources, & energy in service of making an particularly unimportant and totally obvious observation." Mission accomplished.
Ten years ago we started Field Notes. Here's some background. Aaron talking about where the original idea came from and the history of American agricultural design. Jim on the mechanics of moving from working for clients to inventing one. Whet Moser's recent piece for Chicago Magazine and how we got here.
During October, Chicago Illustrator and poster-maker Jay Ryan set himself a goal of creating one small ink illustration each day. These drawings revealed a story about a bear and his squirrel neighbors. We followed Jay's progress and found the drawings irresistible. We knew that they'd look great in a special Field Notes edition. We hope you agree.
Once again, our Field Notes was the title sponsor of The Morning News Tournament of Books. If you're not familiar with the ToB, you'll want to read this Brief History of the Tournament of Books, by Angela Chen. "You can't kill the Rooster"
We've made a small batch of special manila-kraft Memo Books, with the ToB mascot on the cover and a checklist of the tournament books on the inside. Buy one of these for $3 and we'll add $3 of our own, and then donate $6 to 826 National, a seven-chapter network that provides under-resourced students, ages 6-18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. This year, we raised over $10,000 for 826. You guys rock.
We've long-admired the dynamism of a mural that is hangs on the north side of the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, on Ashland Avenue. Once we renovated and moved into our new studio space, we decided to track down who was responsible, with the idea of doing something similar for our main work space. The artists, Gwendolyn Zabicki and Kent Smith, were up for the idea, and also for us filming them painting the 12' x 8', 3-panel artwork. Thanks a million to them.
We're proud of the short film (spot?) we made for a product partnership with the unstoppable Bellroy from Australia. Check out the new Everyday Inspiration, custom, compact leather cover.
Thanks to Big Delicious Planet for inviting us into their Canteen for the location, and to Spencer Tweedy for letting us use his song "Temple State" on the track. It's in heavy rotation at HQ currently.
A lot has changed around here since 2005: waistlines, hairlines, fashions, a big new studio, and new businesses to fill it with. Here's a Throwback for Thursday, in beautiful standard definition. The production values might leave a little to be desired, and the "new Canadian restaurant" in the neighborhood may have closed, but the film itself actually holds up. Sort of. Presenting Copy Goes Here.
After a long, successful run, we're shutting down our advertising network, The Deck. Jim posted about the decision and the details at the Deck site. John Gruber was one of the network's very first affiliates. John published a way-too-generous piece about The Deck at Daring Fireball. Thanks for that, and to all the affiliates, advertisers and readers who supported the network over the years.
Last year we moved into a new studio in Chicago, and in the back, near where we do screen-printing and other messy stuff, there's a shelf for projects we made, operated and eventually, shut down. We'll make some room for The Deck there, right next to Jewelboxing, The Seed Conference and The Show. We haven't stashed away Layer Tennis just yet, but who knows? Anyhow, as always, we're scheming about the future. And, of course, we're making these notebooks.
It's not quite like faking the moon landing, but the film we made for the release of our Field Notes Quarterly Edition Lunacy, was made entirely using the same sort of practical, analog effects that you'd need to employ if you were going to stage that event, back in the day. So fun. So messy. BTW: The Lunacy Edition is now sold out.
A list of all the brilliant people who have helped us by guest editing Fresh Signals can be found here.
Other recent features are listed on Page Two.
Trailer for the film Bad Times at the El Royale.
Don't fear the Reaper. On Rejection, by Jeffrey Zeldman.
The Movie Posters Collection, Harry Ransom Center Digital Collections. Great resource.
Local note, The Chicago Architecture Foundation's New Riverfront Center. Woot!
Adobe's Hidden Treasures. Cool type project.
Local note, neighborhood news site, Block Club Chicago is open for business today.
Trailer for First Man.
A Japanese mini truck garden contest.
Trailer for the new Showtime series from Michel Gondry, Kidding.
I have linked to Anthony Bourdain many times in Fresh Signals over the years and always referred to him as The Man Who Makes Me Swoon. He was outspoken, witty, smart as hell, and principled. He will be sadly missed. Here is a link to his column in the New Yorker that kickstarted his career, Don't Eat Before Reading This.
In glorious standard-defintion, enjoy one of our first films, Copy Goes Here. Man, we were young back then.
From Lettering Guides to CNC Plotters: A Brief History of Technical Lettering Tools, by Florian Hardwigm and Thomas Maier at Typotheque.
A Sun Pillar over Norway
West Coast Firepits Death Star.
Trailer for Operation Finale.
David Bowie ukiyo-e woodblock prints.
What would U.S. money look like, given the proper attention of an industrial designer? Here's one idea.
Trailer for Paul Dano's film Wildlife.
Edel Rodriguez on magazine covers that influenced him.
Jesus Diaz on the automotive designs of Giorgetto Giugiaro.
A 1:250 scale model of ancient Rome, the Plastico di Roma Imperiale is the life work of a single archaeologist, Italo Gismondi.
Danny and his Finger, by Jay Stephens.
As a Dad I wholeheartedly endorse this.
Tropiconcept, by Berik Yergaliyev.
I saw Hamilton yesterday so this is of particular interest to me, an illustrated guide to the "Hamilton" stage.
Trailer for Suspiria.
Full-page watercolor illustrations from a 16th-century edition of Pedanius Dioscorides's work on herbal medicine, De Materia Medica.
Related to the last, building the Bollinger B1, the world's first all-electric sport utility truck.
Related to the last, a taxonomy of pizza styles in America.
Road Trip! Turns out America's hottest pizza trend is only a few hours away.
Behind the iconic graphics from 1968, from the artists who created them. I need to get a hard copy of today's special section in The Post.
Transit Standards is a collection of resources on brand architecture, customer experience, and design standards in public transportation.
Page Two contains the previous 40 Fresh Signals, recent features, a key to the icons and the categorical archives.
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